Google Analytics is what most people use nowadays for web traffic reports. It is flexible, powerful and simple.
When a user clicks on a PDF from your site, you will never see that PDF in Google Analytics.
How to track File downloads with Google Analytics
It’s very easy. As is most things with Google Analytics.
Google Analytics provides a method for tracking anything you want. It’s called “_trackPageview”.
How does this help us track file downloads? Simply modify the link to the file asset to have an “onClick”:
Link to the file here:
See how easy that was?
Hopefully you have a function used to print out those links, then you can modify it in one place (that’s what I did).
You should see results in Google Analytics under Top Content shortly.